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Sweden: An Idol Of The Welfare State Falls

I wanted to post about this last week, but seeing as the riots in Stockholm are still raging and the car (and school) fires still burning, it would seem that I haven’t missed my chance. For those not up to date on what’s happening in Sweden, riots have broken out over the past few days primarily among the immigrant population. Sweden has a notorious “open” immigration policy, and provides some of the world’s most generous benefits for those moving into the country, including cheap housing and benefits. However, it would seem that despite the ample handouts from the Swedish government (3rd largest welfare state in the OECD), it’s just not enough for these entitled folks. Despite what the liberals may sew into their dinner place settings, a welfare state does not inspire gratitude into the recipients.

There are three main causes that have been put forth as the cause of the riots: the disparity in wealth between the upper class and the lower class, high unemployment, and the “cutting” in social spending, which leftists claim has caused these issues. The last, naturally, is not the problem and is, in fact, a large part of what has caused the first two. Swedish writer and pro-immigration think tank member FREDRIK SEGERFELDT pretty much nails the libertarian argument in an essay for the Wall Street Journal:

Sweden retains the No. 1 spot in at least one OECD ranking—the largest employment gap between natives and foreign-born residents. Immigrants to Sweden, on average, have about 82% the employment rate as those born in the country. In the U.K., for example, the figure is 95%.

The immigrants are not to blame. Rather, the main culprit has been Sweden’s inability to adapt to its new residents, like so many other European countries. The biggest hindrance to assimilating foreigners has ironically been Sweden’s dogged attempts to maintain absolute economic equality, and at very high rates. By sector-wide union agreements, the country has higher de-facto minimum wages than most of its peers, and so boasts fewer low-wage entry-level jobs than any other EU member.

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Conversely, Denmark

which is also viewed as a successful socialism state has only managed to last this long because it has strict immigration polices that the progressives don't like to mention.

But Denmark is just as doomed in the long run, as succeeding generations get used to being entitled and not working for a living. Sooner of later, there just won't be enough taxes generated from the shrinking worker class to pay for growing freeloader class.

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin

You're correct!

Denmark and Sweden was basictly free market economies for a long time, which built the countries.

Then when governments turned towards socialism we started a decline which hurted our economies severely. Since the 90's have we been selling of the governments assets and taking on huge amount of debts now to go under. But thanks for being small countries could US and Germany lend us these cheap loans to continue our welfare programs.

The debt per capita is much, much greater in Denmark, Sweden and UK than in the US. When the real crash happens in the US, no one will be able to bail out the US, and Sweden and Denmark are potentially gonna be economic nightmares.

I'm from Sweden

And I agree with a lot of what this article says. I hate how our government work sometimes, especially on immigration policy. Politicians go on about we can take all the immigrants you can send us more or less, because "we like different" this is what they have been saying for the last 20 years or so. The way that they implement immigrants are the problem they put everyone in one place and then start giving them welfare hoping that they will get a job, just to score political points.

A few years ago one of our more "nationalistic" parties got some chairs into our parliament as a response from the people about our immigration policy. Ever since media has been on an anti-racist crusade to a point were it is almost ridiculous. Last Christmas kids were forbidden to dress up like gingerbread men because it could be seen as racist, it's been an old tradition that has never have been intended as such. Oh and here is a small clip from last years national Lucia on TV as well...

Not saying everything is bad but it's definitely a system that is falling apart.

Agreed W/ McWilly

Thank you for your perspective.

Great to hear

From someone with direct experience. Thanks for the comment!

Hello ((((((Sweden))))))))

Hi Vik; Does this video sum up some of the unrest?

Keep The Faith Bro!

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

In Sweden we seldom see our

In Sweden we seldom see our government flex their military powers, the problem is that they are too open when it comes to foreigners. I don't mind foreigners but I'd like to keep who we are as well right now there seem to be a disconnect between what the politicians think we want and whet the majority of the people really want. But like I said we don't have it all that bad, it's just that our society seem to have in some respects stagnated, regulation on everything tend to have that effect.

There are many things that I like about our country like the freedom to roam laws. I only wish our politicians would dare to be a bit more bold when it comes to reform. Our right major parties are like your democrats... don't even get me started on our left parties...

It's pretty reliable

The nanny nations which most exorbitantly coddle their immigrant populations--allowing them to live comfortably subsidized ghetto lifestyles without any motivation to assimilate--are the ones which suffer the worst rioting and violence perpetrated by their pampered pets.

Telling people they're infinitely entitled and that nothing is expected of them simply makes them demand more than infinity.

Take back the GOP and Restore America Now.

I Think You're Right

I'm pretty sure I saw the same dynamic happening on Dr. Phil...or was it The Dog Whisperer?

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/


“…that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

President Thomas Jefferson

“Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctrine of one omnipotent God; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and apostle.

Adopting from the new Revelation of Jesus, the faith and hope of immortal life, and of future retribution, he humbled it to the dust by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual passion.

He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind.

THE ESSENCE OF HIS DOCTRINE WAS VIOLENCE AND LUST; TO EXALT THE BRUTAL OVER THE SPIRITUAL PART OF HUMAN NATURE (Capitals in original)…Between these two religions, thus contrasted in their characters, a war of twelve hundred years has already raged. The war is yet flagrant…While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth, and good will towards men.”

– President John Quincy Adams

Does it escape you that this 'welfare' is considered 'jizya' (tribute) by many muslims and it is their 'due' from the infidels? What about the many muslims' refusal to assimilate into the society they chose to enter? What about the many muslim immigrants' demands for sharia compliance with everything they're involved in? Or are you saying that doesn't exist? What about the 'no-go' zones throughout Europe where some muslims set up 'Sharia - only' neighborhoods? Are you saying they are perfectly acceptable because we all have the right to live however we want wherever we want? What about the rape jihad that has now made Sweden the rape capitol of Europe? Or is it women's fault for daring to step outside without wearing a burkha and being unchaperoned? Force is not allowed unto the immigrant, but force is acceptable from the immigrant? Without taking the above into consideration, you are painting a false picture of the situation.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

Burn it will

Europe will burn for what the leftist/communists have done through multiculturalism and socialism.

You can take that to bank, Jack (Si Robertson).

Here's Henrik Palmgren, the Swedish proprietor of Red Ice

Creations, which I suppose is somewhere between George Noory and Alex Jones (has similar roster of guests from Stefan Molyneux to David Icke, and everyone in between, though it's more geared toward consciousness exploration), on the currently unfolding 'Ordo Ab Chao' operation in Sweden:

Why Sweden is not the country you thought it was - Red Ice Commentary

Published on May 27, 2013

In this commentary Henrik Palmgren analyzes the recent civil unrest and rioting in the immigrant dense suburbs outside Stockholm, Sweden. He talks about the media climate in Sweden which has done everything they can to fuel the fires. Henrik explains why the different sides are both right and wrong. Once again he refutes the Nordic Model as the promoted future "super model."



Mikael Jalving - Hour 1 - Absolut Sweden: A Country Undergoing Change
Alex Newman - Hour 1 - Sweden's Big Government 'Utopia' Unmasked

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Good Link AnCap!

...and it's a site that was once contributed to by John B Wells of Coast2Coast.
Guess we're on the same page!??!
The truth shall set you free....hang in there compatriot!

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

An idle Swed? Obviously, some things don't need to be done.

The Swedish economy of effort is the envy of all Europe. Economize.

The Sweds are wondering why the United States is on this European nation economic chart. And what about the United Kingdom?

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

For years Sweden

has been the socialists example of how well the system works. And it only did, to the extent it did, was because it was a fairly homogeneous society/culture. Well, that seems to be over and the gods of multculturalism and diversity are demanding their due. I'm sure there is some CIA (or other shady group) "destabilizing" and "spreading democracy" as well. This is the result of forced association. People want to live among others like themselves. Makes sense to me.

No, it didn't.

Sweden built the riches through almost a free market before the 70's. Then the socialist manages to destroy the economy, and US and other countries bailed us out with cheap loans in the 90's (otherwise would the welfare state die).

We have since then been selling government assets, the peoples pensions and taking on huge loans, much greater per capita than the US, and are today in a really poor situation.

Sweden is a prime exempel that socialism doesn't work.

Oh, I agree

with you. Note the qualifier, "to the extent it did". Sweden has always been the supposed socialist success story. Anyone who understands economics knows that socialism does not create wealth.


Soon to an American city near you!

forgive my cynicism . . .

but whenever I see "riots" I think--


Doesn't matter what country--

Could be British intelligence, too--

or others. It's not limited to the CIA.

There's something behind this. I smell a rat, and it's not 'immigrant populations'.

Mainstream Americans hear this and just get fired up to pound more war drums against:

Middle Easterners


it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--


big media coverage, events in Britain, France and this at the same time.

Quo bono ?

Besides, some rioters have said they got paid by media to give them photos on burning cars, I read. True ? who knows, would not surprise me.

Also, this is nothing new really, it has been going on for years, and its not like Stockholm is burning, just some select few areas, no one wanna visit.

Sometimes there is conspiracy

Sometimes there is conspiracy and then sometimes there is a clash of cultures where the 'civilized' realize how 'uncivilized' 90% of earth's population is.

civilization, like beauty . . .

is in the eye of the beholder--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--